Ulster Museum

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Northern Ireland's treasure house of the past and present.
Take 8,000 square metres of galleries, add rich collections of art, archaeology, local history and natural sciences, mix them with a constantly changing programme of temporary exhibitions and events, and you have all the ingredients for a fascinating voyage of discovery. From ancient Ireland to the South Pacific, from masterpieces of modern art to rare flowers, the Museum is a window to the north of Ireland and a window on the world.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tues-Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Closed: Mon

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

Carparking within the Museum grounds is only available for visitors with a disability. Please call in advance to book.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Natural Sciences, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Fine and Applied Arts
  • Archaeology
  • Ethnography
  • Local History
  • Natural History
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
1916

Remembering 1916: Your Stories

  • 25 March 2016 — 19 March 2017 *on now

The mythology surrounding the Easter Rising will be explored in a new exhibition at the National Museum of Northern Ireland. Remembering 1916; Your Stories focuses on community stories of the Easter Rising as well as other events of 1916 globally. Using uniforms and many objects on display for the first time, the exhibition also focuses on commemoration of 1916 anniversaries and the legacy of these events.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://www.nmni.com/what's_on

16 Logo

Print Exhibition - '16'

  • 3 June — 3 July 2016 *on now

This exhibition by Belfast Print Workshop, working in collaboration with printmaking studios from Cork, Dublin and Limerick, will showcase visual representations to the Easter Rising. Sixteen artists will explore their responses to 1916 in 16 prints measuring 16 x 16 inches.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission.

Shell factory

Creative Centenaries #MakingHistory 1916

  • 3 June — 18 September 2016 *on now

The focus of the exhibition is on the creative spark of each and every individual who plays a part in making history.

For instance, those involved in a war or rebellion who have created an interpretation of their experience by telling their own versions of events in personal diaries, drawings or audio recordings; how society can be transformed through people making, innovating, inventing or using new technologies; or creating new roles in society, for example with women leaving the home to work in munitions factories.

Five zones bring together extensive photographic and video archive material from leading heritage organisations including the Imperial War Museums, National Museums Northern Ireland, National Library of Ireland, and PRONI:

1. Making The Home Front: Families, Children, Workers
2. Making Citizens: Munitionettes, Suffragettes, Nurses, Trade Unionists
3. Making Myths, Making Heroes: Artists, Writers, Illustrators
4. Making New: Inventors, Makers, Explorers, Travellers
5. Making War: Soldiers, Rebels, in their own words and images and onscreen

Each zone contains archive images, interactive elements, news feed and artwork inspired by the events of 1916.

The Creative Centenaries project is led by the Nerve Centre and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Community Relations Council, DCAL and DFAT.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://www.nmni.com/1916

George Hackney

George Hackney: WW1 in Photographs

  • 6 — 24 July 2016

George Hackney was born in Belfast in 1888 and joined the Young Citizen Volunteers (YCV) from the Boy’s brigade in 1912. He was a committed Christian, enthusiastic rambler and member of the Co-Operative Holidays Association, and a talented amateur photographer. After the outbreak of the First World War, George was part of a mass enlistment of YCV members in September 1914, when the YCV was incorporated into 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Taking his new Klimax camera with him, George was sent to training camps in Donegal, Antrim and the south of England before sailing to France in October 1915. He survived the carnage of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916 when so many of his friends and fellow soldiers were killed or wounded, but was invalided out soon after with shell shock and ‘Defective Action of the Heart’ (DAH), and was eventually sent to Wharncliffe Hospital in Sheffield to recuperate in September 1916. He spent the rest of the war in Ireland and England, working as a trainer.

George photographed each stage of this journey and this exhibition, based on digital copies of original material, traces his steps from raw recruit to battle-seasoned veteran in rare and special personal photographs of the day-to-day realities of war in the early twentieth century.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://www.nmni.com.1916

Elizabeth Corr

The Corr Family: Witnessing History

  • 27 July — 23 August 2016

This exhibition tells the remarkable story of the Corr family, from Belfast’s Ormeau Road, in the period around 1916. Using personal accounts and original sources and artefacts, it vividly describes the significant roles played by five siblings – Charles, Elizabeth, George, Henry and Nell Corr – in the seminal events of the time, including the Easter Rising, the First World War and the Irish revolutionary period post-1916.

Elizabeth and Nell Corr joined Cumann na mBan (the revolutionary women’s organisation) and travelled to Dublin to meet the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising on the morning of the rebellion. Elizabeth and Nell remained active throughout the revolutionary period, visiting Terence MacSwiney in Crumlin Road Prison and campaigning in Longford to secure the election of Joseph McGuinness, a republican prisoner being held in Lewes Prison, Isle of Wight.

Henry Corr joined the Irish Volunteers and was part of the Ulster mobilisation for the Easter Rising.

George Corr went to Australia and joined the Australian Army, fighting in France in 1916. Three months after the 1916 Rising, George was killed in the Battle of the Somme fighting with the 54th battalion of the Australian Infantry and is buried in Rue-Du-Bois military cemetery, Fleurbaix.

Charles Corr went to Canada and fought in France with the Canadian Army during 1916, being gassed and wounded during the fighting.

The exhibition contains a number of important artefacts including diaries kept by Elizabeth Corr, photographs, correspondence with Terence MacSwiney (who later became Lord Mayor of Cork and died on hunger strike), medals awarded to Elizabeth and Nell and the military service records of George and Charles.

Elizabeth’s and Nell’s story reveals a hidden history around the contribution of women to public life and politics at the time, while the story of George and Charles Corr gives an additional dimension to the history of the Corr family, placing events in Ireland within the wider global context and showing, through the example of this family, that history is complex and multi-faceted.

The Corr Family – Witnessing History Exhibition is supported by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Orpen painting

Art Installation: Somme Centenary

  • 14 June — 17 July 2016 *on now

After visiting the Somme battlefield in 1917, Irish-born artist William Orpen recalled, “The dreary dismal mud was baked white and pure — dazzling white. White daisies, red poppies and a blue flower, great masses of them, stretched for miles and miles. The sky was a pure dark blue, and the whole air … thick with white butterflies.”

This quotation will form the basis for an art installation at the Ulster Museum.

Drop into Discover Art between 10am and 4.30pm and contribute to the evolving installation.

Note: Discover Art may occasionally be closed for special events.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free activity

Website

http://www.nmni.com/1916

Still from film

Film Screening: "The Battle of the Somme" (1916)

  • 2 July 2016 2-4pm *on now

In 1916 whilst the Somme Campaign was ongoing, the Battle of the Somme was released and seen by over 20 million people. Audiences flocked to the cinemas for a chance to see actual footage from the battlefront and in the hope of spotting their loved ones. The screening (held in connection with the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by the Imperial War Museums) will be introduced by NMNI history curator, Dr Robert Whan.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free event. Booking essential. Book online at www.nmni.com/1916

Website

http://www.nmni.com/1916

Somme charge

Lunchtime Lecture: Dr Timothy Bowman - “The Battle of the Somme: Three Armies at War, 1916”

  • 6 July 2016 1-2pm

This lecture will give an overview of the Battle of the Somme and include comparisons between the different armies involved in the campaign, namely the British, French and German.

Timothy Bowman is a historian who specialises in British and Irish military history. To date his research has considered aspects of the British Army in the First World War, and the Ulster Volunteer Force, 1910–1922.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age

Admission

Free admission. Booking essential. To book visit www.nmni.com/1916

Website

http://www.nmni.com/1916

Somme Film Still

Talk & Film Screening: "The Battle of the Somme" (1916)

  • 7 July 2016 7-9pm

In 1916 whilst the Somme Campaign was ongoing, the Battle of the Somme was released and seen by over 20 million people. Audiences flocked to the cinemas for a chance to see actual footage from the battlefront and in the hope of spotting their loved ones. The screening is held in connection with the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by the Imperial War Museums.

This is an opportunity to see this historic film and hear historian Philip Orr speak about the significance of both the Battle of the Somme and the film.

Philip Orr is an acclaimed author and playwright. He has written a number of successful books including, The Road to the Somme and Field of Bones: An Irish Division at Gallipoli. His latest play, ‘Halfway House’, explores the legacy of 1916.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free event. Booking essential. Book online at www.nmni.com/1916

Website

http://www.nmni.com/1916

1914 jigsaw map

Lunchtime Lecture: Dr David Murphy - “War, Risings and Rebellions beyond Ireland: the strategic context of 1916”

  • 3 August 2016 1-2pm

Ireland was not the only place to experience rebellion during the First World War. This talk will place the events of Easter Week 1916 in a wider, international context. From the Maritz Revolt in South Africa (1914), to the Arab Revolt in the Middle East (1916-1918) and the Russian Revolt (1917) internal conflict bubbled up in a number of combatant and non-combatant countries. This lecture will explore the means by which the State dealt with such challenges during wartime.

David Murphy lectures in military history and strategic studies at the National University Ireland, Maynooth. He has written on Ireland and the Crimean War, Franco-Irish Military connections and the Arab Revolt. His most recent publication is Breaking Point of the French Army: the Nivelle Offensive of 1917 (Pen and Sword, 2015).

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free event. Booking essential. To book visit www.nmni.com/1916

Website

http://www.nmni.com/1916

Casement medal

Lunchtime Lecture: Dr Margaret O'Callaghan - "Northern Nationalism and the 1916 Rising"

  • 7 September 2016 1-2pm

Talk by Dr Margaret O'Callaghan (QUB) on Northern Nationalism and the 1916 Rising. The talk will focus on Roger Casement and his circle.

Dr Margaret O’Callaghan is a senior lecturer in politics at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • Any age
  • 18+

Admission

Free event. Booking essential. Book online by visiting www.nmni.com/1916

Website

http://www.nmni.com/1916

Easter Rising medal

Lunchtime Lecture: Professor Mary Daly - "Commemoration and Public Memory: the 1916 Rising"

  • 5 October 2016 1-2pm

This lecture will explore how the 1916 Rising has been commemorated, including consideration of the message of the 1966 anniversary celebrations in the Republic of Ireland, the organisation of various unofficial commemorations in Northern Ireland, and the significance of these for nationalist and unionist politics in the mid- to late 1960s.

Professor of History at University College Dublin, Mary E. Daly is one of Ireland’s most prominent senior historians. She is President of the Royal Irish Academy and is a member of the Irish government’s Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age

Admission

Free event. Booking essential. Book online at www.nmni.com/1916

Website

http://www.nmni.com/1916

War Memorial

Lunchtime Lecture: Dr Nuala Johnson - “Ireland, the Great War and the Spaces of Remembrance”

  • 2 November 2016 1-2pm

This lecture will focus on the commemoration of the Great War in Ireland. It will explore the complex relationship between social memory and space in the representation of the war. In addition, it will consider how Irish efforts to collectively remember the Great War were constantly in dialogue with issues surrounding the national question, and the memorials themselves bore witness to these tensions and ambiguities.

Nuala Johnson is a historical geographer based at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her research interests include the relationships between identity politics and representation. Cambridge University Press published her book, “Ireland, the Great War and the Geography of Remembrance” in 2003.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • Any age
  • 18+

Admission

Free event. Booking essential. Book online at www.nmni.com/1916

Website

http://www.nmni.com/1916

Ulster Museum
Botanic Gardens
Belfast
Co. Antrim
BT9 5AB
Northern Ireland

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www.nmni.com/um

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